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Magna to Present Plug-In Hybrid Sports
Car Concept at Geneva Motor Show
Added by admin 27/02/15
International Inc (Austria). is set to
debut MILA Plus, an innovative two-seat hybrid sports car at
Geneva Motor Show 2015. The concept vehicle, which will be
displayed at Magna's booth #6261 in Hall 6, combines a
sophisticated, lightweight construction with an intelligent,
alternative-drive solution to produce maximum performance as well
as eco-friendliness. With an all-electric range of 75km and a
vehicle weight of 1,520kg, MILA Plus achieves reduced CO2
emissions of 32g/km.
"Magna's broad range of services - from
engineering to diverse product capabilities to full-vehicle
contract manufacturing - helps support
our customers as they continue to be challenged with the changing
dynamics of the automotive industry. The MILA Plus vehicle
concept illustrates our value proposition and advantage within
the global supply base," emphasized Günther Apfalter, President
Magna Europe and Magna Steyr.
As the latest vehicle concept in the MILA innovation family, MILA
Plus features advanced technologies and flexible manufacturing
processes with a focus on eco-friendliness.
The structure of MILA Plus is based on an extruded aluminum space
frame which has a number of advantages over a steel structure,
including: lower weight; modular structural flexibility; and
ability to accommodate different driveline configurations. The
modular body-in-white (BIW) concept also allows the use of
components and systems from large series production, thus
enabling improved manufacturing efficiency and flexibility for
MILA Plus offers additional benefits aimed at structural rigidity
and weight reduction. For example, the concept integrates a
high-voltage battery into the space frame, which increases
structural rigidity. Lightweight plastic body panels are used due
to their corrosion resistance and styling flexibility. A
combination of manufacturing methods, sophisticated joining
technologies and a multi-material external skin further
contribute to a lightweight vehicle architecture that meets
global safety standards.
Story and image courtesy:
Electric Vehicle News
Japan Has More EV Chargers Than Petrol
Added by admin 13/02/15
are more electric-car charging points in Japan than there are
That surprising discovery comes from Nissan Motor Co., which
reported that the number of power points in Japan, including
fast-chargers and those in homes, has surged to 40,000,
surpassing the nation’s 34,000 gas stations.
The figure shows that in the relatively brief time since electric
vehicles were introduced, the infrastructure to support them has
become bigger than what the oil industry built over decades in
the world’s third-biggest economy -- at least by this one
Why that matters is obvious. Nissan’s battery-powered Leaf can
travel 84 miles (135 kilometers) on a charge, and the anxiety of
being stuck away from home without power has restrained consumer
demand. As the charging network expands and batteries become more
powerful, that concern will wane.
“An important element of the continued market growth is the
development of the charging infrastructure,” Joseph G. Peter,
Nissan chief financial officer, told analysts on a conference
As charging stations become more common, electric-car support
services are also emerging. Open Charge Map, for example,
operates an online listing of public charging points worldwide. A
mobile app combines the data with GPS technology to guide drivers
to the nearest site.
Of course, gas stations typically have multiple pumps and can
serve more vehicles in a day than an electric-car charging point.
Also, one criticism of Nissan’s number is that many of those
charging sites are in private garages. Considering the emerging
so-called sharing economy, such as the online home-sharing
service operated by Airbnb Inc., homeowners may soon be willing
to make their chargers available to other drivers.
And more charging locations are being built all the time.
Automakers have recognized that oil companies are unlikely to
install plugs next to gasoline pumps, and are building their own
Tesla Motors Inc. has its own network of charging stations, and
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG and Volkswagen AG announced in
January that they are joining the network operated by ChargePoint
Inc., and plan to build as many as 100 fast chargers along the
busiest corridors of the U.S. coasts, from Portland to San Diego
in the west and from Boston to Washington, in the east.
Utilities are joining in. Great Plains Energy Inc., the Kansas
City, Missouri-based utility holding company, announced in
January plans to build a network of more than 1,000 charging
stations in the region by mid-2015. Charging will even be free to
everyone for the first two years.
Given that there are only about 9,000 public charging stations in
the entire U.S., the initiative gives Kansas City, the nation’s
29th largest metropolitan area, a chance to become the nation’s
electric car capital with as much as 10 percent of the nation’s
Kansas City may not be able to retain that position. PG&E Corp.,
owner of California’s biggest utility, asked regulators Feb. 9
for permission to build a network of about 25,000 chargers in
public areas over a five-year period.
Story and image courtesy:
Electric Vehicle News